F91 Dudelange (French: [ɛf katʁəvɛ̃.ɔ̃z dydlɑ̃ʒ]; Luxembourgish: F91 Diddeleng, pronounced [ɛf ˈeːntanˈnont͡səɕ didəleŋ]) is a Luxembourgish professional football club based in Dudelange which plays in the Luxembourg National Division.

F91 Dudelange
Full nameF91 Dudelange
Short nameF91
Founded1991; 33 years ago (1991)
GroundStade Jos Nosbaum,
ChairmanGerry Schintgen
ManagerJamath Shoffner
LeagueLuxembourg National Division
2022–23National Division, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website

It was formed in 1991 as a merger between three teams in the town: Alliance Dudelange, Stade Dudelange and US Dudelange. Domestically, it has since won the National Division on 15 occasions and the Luxembourg Cup eight times.

F91 Dudelange qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, becoming the first club from the country to reach the group stage of a European competition. Dudelange also made the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage where they became the first team from Luxembourg to win a game in the group stage after a shock 4–3 victory over APOEL of Cyprus.[1]

History edit

Simplified illustration of origin of F91 Dudelange

It was formed in 1991 from the clubs Alliance Dudelange, Stade Dudelange, and US Dudelange. All three clubs had won the National Division or the Luxembourg Cup before, but each had fallen upon hard times, and the amalgamated club was expected to be more stable, in both a sporting and financial sense.

Turning the club into a title-challenging team took a while. Stade Dudelange and US Dudelange had been in Luxembourg's third tier (the 1. Division), whilst Alliance Dudelange was struggling to remain in the second league (the Division of Honour). The new club would take Alliance's place in the Division of Honour in the 1991–92 season.

F91 was promoted in its first season, and soon established itself as a competent top-flight team, not finishing outside the top half of the table until 1996–97. Towards the end of the 1990s, Dudelange gradually improved, and brought to an end Jeunesse Esch's era of dominance by storming to the 1999–00 league title by eleven points.

In 2004–05, Dudelange won the title and competed in the UEFA Champions League for the 2005–06 season. In the competition Dudelange became the first club in Luxembourg's history to reach the second qualifying round, after a remarkable victory over NK Zrinjski (they lost 0–1 at home in the first leg, in the second leg they scored a goal in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to equalize on aggregate, and then scored 3 more goals in extra time). However, Dudelange were easily beaten by Rapid Wien in the second qualifying round.

In the 2005–06 season, Dudelange completed the league and cup Double for the first time since the merger. They replicated this feat in the 2006–07 season, and won a fourth consecutive National Division title in 2007–08.

In the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, F91 Dudelange defeated Tre Penne 11–0 on aggregate, earning them an appointment with Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg in the second round. They defeated Salzburg 1–0 in Luxemburg, and lost 3–4 in Salzburg, to win the tie on the away goal rule. For the first time in club history, Dudelange qualified for the third round of the competition, in which they were beaten 5–1 on aggregate by Maribor.

In 2013–14, Dudelange reclaimed the title with a 3–0 victory over Fola Esch on the final day of the season. This earned the club a spot in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.

In 2018, F91 Dudelange became the first Luxembourgish team to reach the group stage of a major European competition, after defeating CFR Cluj 5–2 on aggregate in the UEFA Europa League play-off round.[2] Due to Dudelange's apparent underdog status, daily newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor regarded CFR's elimination as "the biggest shame in the history of Romanian football".[3] Dudelange had also previously defeated Polish side Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round. The men from the Grand Duchy were drawn into a 'Group of Death', containing European powerhouses Milan, Olympiakos and Spanish side Real Betis. The Luxembourgers did, however, managed to pick up a famous and hard-fought point, on the last matchday, when they drew 0–0 against Real Betis at the Stade Josy Barthel.[4]

In 2019, Dudelange qualified for the Europa League group stages for the second successive season after defeating FC Ararat-Armenia in the play-off round in a penalty shootout.

Dudelange fared much better in their second European group stage adventure, being drawn into a group with Europa League stalwarts Sevilla, Cypriot champions APOEL and Qarabağ of Azerbaijan.

On the first group stage matchday, on 19 September 2019, Dudelange became the first ever team from Luxembourg to win a game in a European group stage after beating APOEL 4–3 in Nicosia. Dudelange, whose coach Emilio Ferrera had resigned only two days prior, came back from a 3–2 deficit to defeat the Cypriots.[5]

After losing their next four group matches, Dudelange faced Qarabag on the last matchday in Baku where they came within two minutes of recording another famous win, before the Azeri side equalised in injury time, thus the men from Luxembourg finished bottom of the group with a respectable 4 points.

Honours edit

Domestic edit

League edit

Cups edit

European record edit

Matches edit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   Maccabi Haifa 0–1 1–6 1–7
1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   Ferencváros 1–6 1–6 2–12
1999–00 UEFA Cup QR   Hajduk Split 1–1 0–5 1–6
2000–01 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Levski Sofia 0–4 0–2 0–6
2001–02 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Skonto 1–6 1–0 2–6
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Vardar 1–1 0–3 1–4
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR   Artmedia Petrzalka 0–1 0–1 0–2
2004–05 UEFA Cup 1Q   FK Ekranas 1–2 0–1 1–3
2005–06 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Zrinjski Mostar 0–1 4–0[A] 4–1
2Q   Rapid Wien 1–6 2–3 3–9
2006–07 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Rabotnički 0–1 0–0 0–1
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1Q   MŠK Žilina 1–2 4–5 5–7
2008–09 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Domžale 0–1 0–2 0–3
2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Ventspils 1–3 0–3 1–6
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Randers 2–1 1–6 3–7
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 1Q   FC Santa Coloma 2–0 2–0 4–0
2Q   Maribor 1–3 0–2 1–5
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Tre Penne 7–0 4–0 11–0
2Q   Red Bull Salzburg 1–0 3–4 4–4 (a)
3Q   Maribor 0–1 1–4 1–5
UEFA Europa League PO   Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–3 0–4 1–7
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Milsami Orhei 0–0 0–1 0–1
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Ludogorets Razgrad 0–4 1–1 1–5
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   UCD 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2016–17 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Qarabağ 1–1 0–2 1–3
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 2Q   APOEL 0–1 0–1 0–2
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 1Q   MOL Vidi 1–1 1–2 2–3
UEFA Europa League 2Q   Drita 2–1 1–1 3–2
3Q   Legia Warsaw 2–2 2–1 4–3
PO   CFR Cluj 2–0 3–2 5–2
Group F   Olympiacos 0–2 1–5 4th
  Milan 0–1 2–5
  Real Betis 0–0 0–3
2019–20 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Valletta 2–2 1−1 3–3 (a)
UEFA Europa League 2Q   Shkëndija 1–1 2−1 3–2
3Q   Nõmme Kalju 3−1 1−0 4–1
PO   Ararat-Armenia 2–1 1−2 3–3 (p)
Group A   Sevilla 2–5 0−3 4th
  APOEL 0−2 4−3
  Qarabağ 1−4 1–1
2021–22 UEFA Europa Conference League 2Q   Bohemians 0–1 0–3 0–4
2022–23 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Tirana 1–0 2−1 3–1
2Q   Pyunik 1−4 1–0 2–4
UEFA Europa League 3Q   Malmö FF 2–2 0−3 2–5
UEFA Europa Conference League PO   Lech Poznań 1–1 0–2 1–3
2023–24 UEFA Europa Conference League 1Q   St Patrick's Athletic 2–1 3–2 5–3
2Q   Gżira United 2−1 0–2 2–3

Notes edit

  • QR: Qualifying round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • A ^ After extra time.

Current squad edit

As of 1 October 2023[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   LUX Enzo Esposito
2 DF   MLI Ismaël Sidibé
3 DF   BEL Kino Delorge
4 MF   LUX Ivan Englaro
6 MF   POR Bruno Frere
7 FW   SUR Yahcuroo Roemer
8 MF   CRO Filip Bojić
9 MF   NED Oege-Sietse Van Lingen
10 MF   LUX Edis Agovic
11 FW   CGO Herman Moussaki
16 GK   FRA Didier Desprez
17 MF   LUX Yannick Schaus
20 DF   LUX Valentino Tallarico
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   MAR Samir Hadji
27 DF   MAD Sylvio Ouassiero
28 FW   POR Rúben Carvalho
31 GK   LUX Joao Margato
33 DF   LUX Chris Stumpf
35 DF   LUX Tiziano Mancini
38 MF   LUX Enzo Lima
41 MF   LUX Miguel Gonçalves
67 DF   FRA Vincent Decker
77 DF   LUX Evann Mendes
80 MF   FRA Sinan Altun
98 DF   FRA Gaël Mbala

Out on loan edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FRA Rayane Medjkoune (at FC Schifflange 95)

Managers edit

References edit

  1. ^ Mollereau, Julien (19 September 2019). "Victoire 3-4 à Nicosie : Le F91 gagne le match le plus fou de l'histoire du foot luxembourgeois" (in French). Le Quotidien.
  2. ^ "UEFA Europa League – CFR Cluj-Dudelange". UEFA. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ "CFR CLUJ – DUDELANGE 2-3 // 5 motive pentru care "dubla" CFR – Dudelange este cea mai mare rușine din istoria fotbalului românesc" [CFR CLUJ – DUDELANGE 2-3 // 5 reasons why the CFR – Dudelange "double" is the biggest shame in the history of Romanian football]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 31 August 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Dudelange – Real Betis 0-0".
  5. ^ Hippert, Franky (17 September 2019). "F91 Dudelange trainer Emilio Ferrera steps down". RTL Sport.
  6. ^ "F91 Dudelange 1 (Senior M) - Saison 2023/24". F91 Diddeleng. Retrieved 1 October 2023.

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